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EFL Clubs to pay tribute to Gordon Banks

12 February 2019

There will be a period of applause ahead of all EFL fixtures from Tuesday 12 February until Sunday 17 February, in celebration of the life of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE, who sadly passed away overnight.

Banks is widely regarded as one of football’s greatest-ever goalkeepers, due to his standout performances for club and country throughout what was a fantastic playing career.

Among the countless memorable moments from his time on the pitch, Banks’ point-blank save from Brazilian legend Pele at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico will long be remembered by fans all over the world.

He started his career at Chesterfield, before joining Leicester City in 1959 for a fee of £7,000, and it was there that he established himself as England's number one, earning his first cap against arch-rivals Scotland in 1963.

The shot-stopper played in every game of the famous 1966 World Cup campaign, which saw England defeat West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley. In his eight years at Leicester, he was runner-up in two FA Cup Finals and won the League Cup in 1964, before moving on to join First Division side Stoke City in 1967.

Banks stayed with the Potters until his retirement from professional football, helping them to League Cup glory in 1972 - a triumph which remains the club's only major honour - adding another winner’s medal to his already sparkling collection.


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